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Graduate Mentoring Award

Nominations Due February 15
Awarded during the Graduate Research Fair

Purpose: To honor, award and encourage a faculty mentor whose dedication and commitment to excellence in graduate education and mentoring have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of graduate students at Eastern Michigan University.

Award: During the Graduate Research Fair in March, the recipient will receive a 20-hour per week, Fall and Winter graduate assistant, funded by the Graduate School and selected by the award recipient.

Eligibility: Must be a current EMU tenured or tenure track faculty member and been employed at EMU at least 3 years. Recipients of the award for the 2 previous years are ineligible.

Criteria: Given the immense academic diversity and faculty roles on campus, there will be no single set of criteria appropriate to all nominees. Nominators are encouraged to think creatively about the many and diverse ways in which faculty can contribute to the development and support of graduate students. Examples of the kinds of contributions that might be rewarded with a Graduate Mentoring Award include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting intellectual growth through graduate teaching and research/scholarly direction.
  • Fostering the development of graduate students' communication skills in written and oral presentations.
  • Effective facilitation of community service, service learning and/or service to the profession.
  • Effective direction of dissertations/thesis/capstone projects, including timely evaluation, guidance and feedback.
  • Being accessible to students for discussion of intellectual or professional questions and concerns, communicating with them effectively and respectfully, and encouraging such interactions.
  • Educating students in the culture of the appropriate disciplines, helping them to network with other professionals.
  • Providing career counseling and placement assistance.
  • Actively helping students to progress to degree completion in a timely fashion and to develop the skills necessary for professional success.
  • Excellence and innovation in teaching, including the development of interdisciplinary or non-traditional initiatives.
  • Promoting a climate of respect and collegiality that enhance the graduate experience and increase chances of success.
  • Acting as an advocate and advising graduate students in administrative, organizational and professional matters.
  • Attracting graduate students to EMU through active recruitment and academic/scholarly reputation.

Selection Procedure

Nomination packets will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee composed of members of the graduate council program support committee (GPSC). Awards will be granted by the Dean of the Graduate School based on the recommendation of this committee.

Mentoring Award Recipients

  • 2013 Dr. Val Polakow, Teacher Education
  • 2012 Dr. Ronald Delph, History
  • 2011 Dr. Joseph Ohren, Political Science
  • 2010 Dr. Karen Saules, Psychology
  • 2009 Dr. Daniel Seely, English Language & Literature

Nomination Procedure

Completed nomination packets should be submitted to the Graduate School, 200 Boone Hall or graduate_school@emich.edu. 

Nominations packets should include:

  • Nomination Form
  • 3 letters of support from former or current graduate students (1 must be former, 1 must be current, the other from either),
  • At least 1 but no more than 2 letters of support from any combination of colleagues, community members/organizations or research/project collaborators for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 letters
  • Letter from department head or school director
    • These one page letters should provide a fairly comprehensive account of the special qualities and accomplishments that warrant the candidate being considered an Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor. Letters should include how long you have known the nominee and in what capacity in addition to specific examples of why you think the nominee is deserving of the award.
  • Additional materials will not be accepted or reviewed.
Please note: The committee will contact department head/school directors for faculty vitae, copies of annual activity reports or promotion/tenure materials